Near East Quartett (Südkorea)
22.15 h
Remise Wälderbähnle

Near East Quartett (Südkorea)

Although the Near East Quartet (NEQ) has been an established creative force in the South Korean music scene for years, until recently little had been heard of them here in Europe. This changed for good with the recent release of their first ECM album and a captivating performance at the London Jazz Festival in November last year. NEQ was founded in 2009 by the saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Sungjae Son, and guitarist Suwuk Chung. Singer and percussionist Yulhee Kim and percussionist Soojin Suh joined the group in 2015 and helped the ensemble realize Sons‘ original vision of a natural form of music characterized by both improvisation and Korea’s multi-faceted traditional music. On their ECM debut, NEQ play five compositions by Sungjae Son and three Korean traditionals. 

Their incredibly atmospheric music which gradually releases its timbres like a flower blooming in slow motion, is characterized by Suwuk Chung’s often distorted guitar sounds (à la David Torn), Sungjae Sons filigree saxophone lines and the abstract drumming of Soojin Suh. Yulhee Kim’s suggestive voice conveys messages from pansori epics and folk songs while her percussion contributes to the overall improvisational flow.

  • Sungjae Son Bassclarinet
  • Suwuk Chung Guitar
  • Yulhee Kim Voice & Percussion
  • Soojin Suh Drums